Idbackpacker.com (Indonesia Backpacker) – Anging Mammiri, that’s another name of Makassar, a city that I ever choose for my backpacking adventure trip. And It turns out to be very nice adventure!
I had a chance to visit this wonderful city in December 2011. I got one Garuda Indonesia promo tickets at that time, yep!! It’s Garuda Indonesia, the best Indonesian airlines. interesting isn’t it? That’s why i don’t want to waste a chance buying the promo tickets, and pack my backpack to Makassar city.
When most people think outside Java is desolated (including me), only wilderness exist, you are wrong! Just see this Anging Mammiri city, having an international airport like Sultan Hassanudin Airport. It is not impossible to beat Surabaya or Jakarta in a few more years. Even Makassar city’s hustle bustle felt already when i came out of the airport, “This city is so alive!” I said!
Metropolitan city, this title may be owned by Makassar in a few years. Or even now is already worth mentioning as a metropolitan city? If you look at how busy the city of Makassar today, actually inside of it has a million kinds of hidden charm that could lull every traveler. Not only it’s beautiful nature, but Makassar also has a wide range of authentic foods who are ready to indulge culinary lovers. And also do not miss all the historical attractions like Fort Rotterdam inside the heart of Makassar city.
The potential for Makassar nature tourism are pretty good, even it could match the paradise island, Bali. Let’s just saw a glimpse of it, if Bali has Kuta beach as a place to enjoy the sunset while relaxing, Makassar was also having Losari Beach with it’s unique cafe along it’s coast. Ready to indulge us with delicious food and drink, more over the price is not too expensive for budget traveler.
Small island as travel destination, is one of Makasar city’s charms. Which I think it could become the main icon of this city’s travel destination. Since only a few places in Indonesia which has a cluster of small islands that can be visited economically. And surely one of them is Makassar city. Makassar are fortunate to have some beautiful and unique island like Samalona, with diving is it’s main attraction. Kodingareng Keke island with snorkeling appeal, and many other unique island to visit. Unfortunately my time for wandering around into town is only 4 days, very less time for exploring Makassar deeper.
Not enough touring around the islands? Makassar also present many other charms to explored, such as a culinary tour with a variety of seafoods. You know? Makassar is a port city, it’s no wonder seafood is pretty cheap and easy to found here. Furthermore there is a street devoted to culinary tourism in the city of Makassar. Cool right!?
For amusement parks lovers, Makassar also has an amusement park named “Trans Studio”. This amusement park is ready to make visitors excited with it’s rides. Claims to be the largest indoor amusement park in Asia, Trans Studio Makassar made mandatory for a visit when visiting Anging Mamiri city. Well with it’s charm, i think i should arrange another visit to this town.